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Title Marriage medal
Nationality French
Period 1877

This cased medal, engraved on the reverse with the names 'Jean Richer' and 'Camille Villedieu', is a piece of social history, unique to France, as far as I know. It is silver gilt (marked 'argent'), in its original case, and engraved round the edge with the date 'le 5 Fevrier 1877'.

In relief on the obverse, there are the words 'fidelite' and 'bonheur' and an image of a loving couple plighting their troth at a classical altar. Traditionally, in French bourgeois circles or possibly prosperous peasantry, these would have been handed out to the guests on the big day.

The diameter of the medal is just under 4cm and that of the box 5cm. The medal's condition is near EF and it retains virtually all of its original gilt finish. The box is red leather on wood, with a rather faded blue silk lining, and generally shows its age, though it is still in reasonable shape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Medals : French : 19th Century]


Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011

Got the medal today. It's a fine medal and I'm very happy with it. Thanks.

P F, UK, 21.06.2006